It Couldn’t be Done

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BY Edgar Guest
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Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, as he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one we know has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That cannot be done, and you’ll do it.

59th st bridge (4)

“It is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so.”
Josh Billings

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3 responses to “It Couldn’t be Done

  1. I now have to find out about this Josh Billings. Somehow I missed him. I thank you for introducing me to him; an apparently humble but wise man.
    Thanks for this and your past posts. I always enjoy them.
    It is getting cold up here so I don’t imagine you will be heading north any time soon. If you do, please post your pictures of the wildlife and the tame life.
    Be good.

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    • wise indeed. . . .
      thanks for the kind words, wally. i hope to be back upstate 1 or 2 more times before january as my friend is selling the house! the closing is in january so i will have to go soon!
      🙂

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